Everyone in Hawaii knows chef Elmer Guzman for his fresh, innovative menu at The Poke Stop … out in Waipahu and Mililani. Now he’s got a spot in the Luana Waikiki, so townies and tourists will have an easier time accessing his poke and some new cooked items.
Fish Hook Cafe has actually been open 11 weeks, and I tried to go in early on to try it, but Guzman wouldn’t let me on the grounds that he wasn’t ready. Two months and 20 texts later, I finally barged in with other food writers while shaking my fists. Twice. And as with his other restaurants, the food did not disappoint. He’s lucky I didn’t whack him with my slipper!
The menu, as he calls it, is indicative of “responsible dining.” Most of the produce, eggs and fish served are sourced from Oahu, from spots like Mari’s Gardens and Peterson Farms. Everything is made to order, and you get to watch them make use of that tiny kitchen as they do.
They’re not serving dinner yet; that will roll out in 2018, which is — yikes — just around the corner. There’s no self parking in the building, but valet parking is free, so if you don’t live or work in Waikiki you still have access.